Food fraud affects almost every type of food and edible products…the imagination of fraudsters seems limitless. Any initiatives aimed at hampering the progress of fraudsters are generally welcomed.

Wine producers are particularly exposed to fraudsters and fraudulent products. The EU has recently launched an initiative to create an EU database for chemical analysis for wines.

Online food sales still need a clear definition and a proper legal framework at EU level to successfully take advantage of the cybermarket and create new opportunities for food business operators in the EU, writes Katia Merten-Lentz of international law firm, Keller and Heckman.

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When food fraud is committed, what are the sanctions?

As food fraud is such a broad matter, the legal framework surrounding sanctions is complex. Last year’s decision by the Tribunal de Grande Instance in Paris on the case of lasagna containing horsemeat instead of beef, provides us with an opportunity to explore how food fraud